OK, say you're a desperate political candidate. Nothing is working, you're behind in every poll, and you really need a way to appeal to more voters. It's time to evoke puppies:
“He’s been very clear that he doesn’t like my plan, but I have one,” Cuccinelli responded. “I like puppies, but I don’t bring a puppy home if I don’t have a plan for how I’m going to deal with that puppy. … He’s all puppy and no plan.”
No, no, no! Look, if there's one thing I've proven here at PSP, it is that puppy politics are poopy politics. It doesn't work. Puppies, so cute and delightful, may as well be rattlesnakes to the unsuspecting politician. Ask Rick Santorum. Ask Michael Steele. Rudy Giuliani was correct to ignore Mark Halperin's naive puppy advice. Even Joe Biden knew to keep his puppy interactions on the down-low until the election was safely over. And Sarah Palin –Sarah Palin!– kept puppy metaphors to a bare minimum before wisely abandoning them forever.
Some people say that Social Security is the third rail of American politics; I say it's puppies. It's too late for Cuccinelli, but you can save yourself!